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Police Seek iPad Bandit

Police presence in CVS plaza in Madison Tuesday afternoon related to report of iPad stolen from Apple store.

 

Three police vehicles, several police officers in uniform and plainclothes detectives, and responded to a report of a stolen iPad Tuesday. Signals from the iPad were tracked to the Madison in the CVS plaza at the corner of the Boston Post Road and Route 79, according to people at the scene who were questioned by police. 

Police said Wednesday that the iPad was not recovered in Madison.

People at the scene who were questioned by police said that they were told that the iPad was stolen from an Apple store at 65 Broadway, New Haven, CT. "The iPad was signed on at Starbucks ... for a moment," said one person at the scene. "So they are canvassing the area."

Ways to track lost, stolen iPads

A spokeswoman from the Apple store in New Haven referred calls to the media department of Apple. A message left at that number Wednesday afternoon was not immediately returned.

Jerry Zigmont, from Madison, CT-based Mac Works, said he didn't know anything about the specific incident Tuesday, but he said there are ways to track lost or stolen iPads.

If Find My iPad is activated, Zigmont said, a lost or stolen iPad can be tracked once it logs on to WiFi.

Find My iPad allows users to locate missing iPad on a map

According to the Apple website, Find My iPad, available on Mac devices iOS5 or later, allows users to locate a missing iPad on a map, display a message or play a sound to help you find it, remotely set a passcode, and do a remote wipe to restore factory settings and clear your information. The Apple website also says that the Find My iPhone app, which can be downloaded from the Apple store onto an iPhone, can help locate a missing iPad.

Another way to track an iPad is through the device's built-in GPS, Zigmont said.

"If you get an iPad with Verizon or AT&T, you pay a little over a hundred dollars more, and then the device has a built-in radio that connects to those networks," Zigmont said.

iPad owners can take precautions to protect their device

That radio can be used by law enforcement authorities to track the device if it is stolen.

For people who have a lost or stolen Apple product, Apple provides information on their website.

Additional advice for iPad owners is provided by blogger Anna Pulley on SF Weekly. She said iPad (and iPhone) owners should know their serial numbers, use a passcode key, turn their SIM PIN on, and make sure the iPhone/iPad is up to date. To read more, go to her blog post on SF Weekly.

Earlier this month, Apple released the third-generation iPad, with an improved display, camera, and wireless connection.

Liz Neighbors March 28, 2012 at 05:41 PM
I love that Sargent Baxter had his dog Paco there! He's the real deal GPS!
Pem McNerney (Editor) March 28, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Seriously. That dog looked ready for action.
Matt March 28, 2012 at 08:50 PM
I'm trying to figure out why this is headlining news. An iPad was stolen in New Haven. This is news?? Nobody even cares about the homicides in New Haven, let along that someone committed a misdemeanor theft of a toy.
Anita Bath March 28, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Once again, another news story by the Patch that really shouldn't be news. But Public safety budgets got cut by the BOS. Pem, did you talk to Chris Bernier about this like you said you would?
Mike Atkins March 28, 2012 at 11:47 PM
A $500 Ipad, detectives, 3 police cars and uniformed police and a dog? Are you kidding, really? Who is paying for that?
Matt March 29, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Well they're already on duty anyway, its not like they called in a team of off-duty overtime units to look in starbucks for a stolen toy. It is of no added cost. Just routine police business. Which is yet another reason this is not not even the slightest bit newsworthy.
tom burland March 29, 2012 at 08:57 AM
But here is why it is news worthy. First in a digital blog it didn't bump another story so it isnt like a newspaper where another story did not make the "last edition" Two important elements of the story, mainly reminders and awareness. In many cases that $500 toy contains enough information about you and potentially your finances which could cost you tens of thousands of dollars and countless hours of time repairing the damage. Second the article points out an apple application that tracks an iPad and iPhone. A public service piece reminding folks that these small devices can easily be lifted (so keep an eye on them) and there are protection tools you should install. As for the overwhelming force used to investigate Matt makes a good point, they were on duty anyway. Let's hope the next time isn't a decoy to shift all our police to an interesting case only to strike somewhere else ( maybe I watch to much NCIS)
eli104 March 29, 2012 at 11:13 AM
And incidentally, the perpetrator is not just a one-off. He's apparently done this sort of thing before, grabbing things off shelves from the Apple Store (and maybe other places). The folks at the Apple Store had seen him before and who knows where else he's been.
Jeff March 29, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Shouldn't the police bring riot gear and armored tanks along with their dogs when pursuing misdemeanor crimes...?
Nancy Ford-Russo March 29, 2012 at 01:15 PM
I was in my car at the stop-light by Starbucks on Tuesday and saw the police cars. Naturally, I was very concerned about what was happening. Obviously I wasn't going to stop and ask so I was very happy to see this story posted today. It is certainly newsworthy to me and probably to many others who drove past that area at that time.
Janet March 31, 2012 at 04:14 PM
What public safety budgets got cut-- can you clarify? When I read about the police incidents in Madison each week, it doesn't seem like we have a whole lot going on to threaten the public safety (thank goodness).
J.D. May 09, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Anita, get some personal help and then go far away to that perfect place we all know you can create with all the answers to everything.

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